Injury cut Jamie Hayter’s title run short, but AEW should have gone with Ruby Soho as the champion instead of Toni Storm.
A legit injury forced All Elite Wrestling to make a decision about Jamie Hayter’s run as AEW Women’s World Champion. Unfortunately, she was not cleared for action and needed time away to heel. The solution to the matter was to put the championship back on Toni Storm for her second run as champion. While that continues the narrative of The Outcasts versus The Homegrown Talent. However, AEW could have gone with a different solution with the same outcome as Ruby Soho was right there as an option to hold the championship.
Since joining AEW in 2021, fans have long wanted to see Ruby Soho in the spotlight. After years of hoping for the best for her in WWE, it seemed like the opportunity had finally presented itself when she stepped through the curtain at All Out that year. While she’s had her moments, Soho has remained in second place, losing in multiple title matches.
That truth was used as a part of the story in which Soho joined Saraya and Toni Storm in The Outcasts. It made sense because of her position on the roster. Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from hoping that Soho will have her moment as a women’s champion in a major promotion. Hayter’s injury opened that door, but the decision was made to put the title back on Storm.
Now, Storm continues to be a strong performer for AEW. Her in-ring remains some of the best in the business, and her character has improved. But Soho fits better in both those spaces and fans have long pushed for her to get that moment at the top. Even her turn to join The Outcasts elevated a feud that had long grown stagnant. While she isn’t the leader of the group, much of her initial presentation in the faction gave off that level of energy.
It would be interesting to see if AEW used that title victory by Storm as the root cause for The Outcasts’ implosion. But that is a longshot as Soho now feels like she’s far behind both Storm and Saraya in the peaking order.
AEW had the opportunity to do something different with their women’s division at Double or Nothing. Placing the championship around Ruby Soho’s waist would have been a big moment not only for her career but the fans that have followed her for years. Here’s to hoping that moment comes in the future because Soho would make an excellent champion for AEW.